Chia Seeds — one of the healthiest foods you’re not eating?

October 12, 2009


In a recent book I read entitled Born to Run, the author, Christopher McDougall, spent time with a native tribe in Mexico called the Tarahumara.  In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that the Tarahumara were a tribe of ultra-marathoners who participated in races within the Copper Canyons of Mexico.  One of the things that I found interesting was a main staple of their diet — the chia seed.  It seems that the chia seed enabled the Tarahumara to have the endurance to run these races, enabled them to stay hydrated for longer, and were also very nutritious.  Up until this point, I had never heard of the chia seed or any of its purported benefits.  Upon doing some research from various internet sources, I was very surprised to see the long list of benefits that this tiny seeds provides.

According to, the chia sheed:

-forms a gel that creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar; this creates a longer duration for their fueling effects.

-has the ability to absorb more than 12 times its weigh in water. Its ability to hold on to water offers the ability to prolong hydration.

-rich in omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, and fiber.

Although this is not an all encompassing list, these three properties alone make it worthy enough for me to incorporate into my daily diet.  I purchased 10 lbs of these seeds and ensure that I take two to three tablespoons every morning with water.  In my opinion, it is a nutritious and extremely healthy way to start your day.

One Comment on “Chia Seeds — one of the healthiest foods you’re not eating?”

  1. Christina Says:

    Any relation to the seeds in the Chia pet? Let me know how it works. This no grain thing has me feeling great.


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